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  • Our latest new CDs (released July 2021) brings the BACM main catalogue to 678 albums, all still available. An essential source for collectors of rare and historic country recordings. Please browse … and maybe buy a few - this will help us keep the show on the road, thanks.
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    Subscribe and each 2nd month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

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    July/August 2021. Sad to hear of the passing of Sanford Clark (October 24, 1935 – July 4, 2021), American country/rockabilly singer and guitarist, best known for his 1956 hit "Th...

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    Country Anniversaries and News


    August 5, 2021  On this day!

    5 August – remembering Reg Lindsay (7 July 1929 - 5 Aug 2008), Australian country music singer,/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who wrote more ... See more »



    August 4, 2021

    4 August – remembering the great Kentucky born and bred songwriter and vocalist Tex Atchison (5 Feb 1912 - 4. Aug 1982). Member of the popular tradi... See more »



    August 4, 2021

    August 4th. Birthday of Frank Luther (August 4, 1899 - November 16, 1980), American country music singer, dance band vocalist, playwright, songwriter ... See more »



    August 4, 2021

    August 4th. Anniversary of the first recordings by "Father Of Country Music" Jimmie Rodgers, influential Mississippi Blue Yodeler. At a temporary reco... See more »



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    Welcome to the Country Music Archive

    • A treasure trove for Country Music collectors!

      The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music, BACM) is believed to be the largest facility in the world outside Nashville dedicated to the preservation of traditional country music.

      The Archive began with the David Barnes collection, but over the years has been added to by contributions from country collectors from all over the world.

      This library of over 670,000 recordings includes tracks on a wide range of media including 78rpm, 45rpm and 33rpm discs/transcriptions, video, audio cassette (normal and 8 track) and reel to reel. Over the past 18 plus years we have been digging into the vaults and releasing material, focusing on Country’s "Golden Era", from the 1920s to the early ‘60s. Our CDs are aimed at core collectors and many feature historic early recordings from before an artist became famous. As far as possible we try to avoid overlapping with "popular" tracks available from other labels so when you buy one of our CDs you are unlikely to receive mere duplicates of recordings already in your collection.

      Whereas the above core catalogue appeals mainly to specialist collectors of early and rare material, our new Chart Memories series (launched in 2016) focuses on more recent 'Hit' material from the 1950s to the early 1960s. For each year, we compile a 'Top 100' country/country crossover hits, based primarily on the US Billboard charts but also taking account of charts from other places where country records sold well like Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Ireland. This Chart Memories series is limited edition and the discs are likely to become valued collectors items. So far we have issued the seven years, 1956 to 1962 - see Chart Memories for details.

      A big welcome to our website and please do take a look around – we hope you find something of interest.

      Dave, on behalf of the Archive team

    • Our latest new CDs (released July 2021) brings the BACM main catalogue to 678 albums, all still available. An essential source for collectors of rare and historic country recordings. Please browse … and maybe buy a few - this will help us keep the show on the road, thanks.
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